In Part III, I will examine the burden placed on New Rochelle through Calls For Service” (CFS) from 255 Huguenot Street (Avalon 1) and 40 Memorial Highway (Avalon East ). CFS is responses made to residents seeking public and or emergency services from the New Rochelle Police Department (NRPD), the New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD) and Trans Care Ambulance service.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the information to establish an accurate dollar amount to the CFS, which would involve costs of pay scale, housing, vehicle, fuel, maintenance, personnel, management, equipment, training, longevity, holiday, overtime, uniform allowance, tuition reimbursement and other associated costs. City officials also were unable to determine costs per call as my FOIL requested. I believe the sheer number of calls is staggering enough to estimate an ultra-conservative taxpayer burden in the millions.
There were 974 total combined Calls For Service in 2010 for the Avalon Buildings. There were 809 for the New Rochelle Police Department. There were 165 for the New Rochelle Fire Department. The chart provides a more detailed breakdown.
I attempted to reach Mr. James O’Connor, V.P. of Trans Care Ambulance, multiple times for EMS responses in 2010 but was unable to obtain the information.
Mayor Bramson insistently states a $7.5 million net benefit figure without any substantial specifics or defining what year(s) his figure represent. I have verified my statistics from the most current data obtained through FOIL requests made to the NRPD & NRFD for 2010. Actual costs per call were requested but could not be determined so realize this; box alarms at the Avalon buildings (anything from smoke alarm to a pot on a stove or a fire alarm) are responded to with the following NRFD personnel;
1 Deputy Chief
1 Incident Command Technician / Driver
4 Lieutenants at a minimum
That’s 19 fire personnel leaving 8 firefighters left to protect the entire city of New Rochelle, based on minimum manpower of 27 per shift. If it’s a working fire, it’s all fire personnel dispatched to Avalon with a call for mutual aid.
809 Calls For Service from the NRPD, 165 Calls For Service from the NRFD and an undisclosed number of EMS calls from a private ambulance service. I did verify that on every EMS call the NRFD dispatches one engine with 1 lieutenant and 2 to 4 firefighters. The private costs of EMS service provided by Trans Care would be added to NRPD and NRFD costs.
Overall, three part revue of 2010 statistics show;
$10,042,821 City, School & Library taxes Avalon would pay at 100% evaluation
$ 2,300,000 hard cost New Rochelle taxpayers bear for 115 Avalon students
$12,342,821 Total Direct Negative Impact on NEW ROCHELLE TAXPAYERS
To that total one would have to add the costs of 974 Calls For Service and undisclosed costs for EMS responses supplied by a private ambulance service from Avalon 1 and Avalon East .
Mayor Bramson touts handpicked projects while excluding the costs of the most egregious projects. Bramson states these projects “net significant revenue” while providing no specifics and totally ignoring the expense side of the balance sheet. In Bramson’s Voodoo Statistics I wonder if he factored in, or is even aware of 732 additional Calls For Service from the NRPD to the development projects he cites; Lofts at New Roc, Trump Plaza Apartments, 543 Main Street, Davenport Lofts, Costco and Home Depot in 2010? When added to Avalon, that’s 1,706 Calls For Service in 2010 for Bramson’s hand-picked projects without NRFD or ambulance Calls For Service, which were not available at time of post!
Mayor Bramson is incorrect on two levels. First the definition of “net” is, the amount left after deductions. Mayor Bramson is looking at development through rose-colored glasses inside a vacuum. Taxpayers need both sides of the balance sheet to determine for themselves if there is a net benefit or loss from New Rochelle development. When one factors in tax abatements, additional students as well as the costs of increased public services that skyscrapers and increased population demand, it is clear that there are no net financial benefits from New Rochelle’s development. In fact there are 20 plus years left on Avalon’s tax abatement, which will impede New Rochelle’s financial security and safety for generations.
Lastly, Mayor Bramson’s “New Rochelle News from Mayor Noam Bramson” is dated Winter 2011. The first day of winter 2011 is nine months away, December 22, 2011. It is clear Mayor Bramson is projecting a political fantasy of a $7.5 million net benefit, which is nothing more than an election year machination.
UPDATE: Today I received my FOIL request from the City in reference to the number of Calls For Service (CFS) from the Bramson cherry-picked projects in 2010. That number is 197. When totaled, we now have 1,903 Police & Fire CFS for the new development in 2010. This number does not include ambulance CFS which I am still attempting to attain.
This article is the third article in a series.
- As New Rochelle’s 2011 Mayoral Election Looms, Bramson Ratchets Up Phony “net benefit” Claims for Downtown Development (Part I)
- Bramson’s Unsubstantiated Claims of New Rochelle Development Debunked (Part II)
- New Rochelle Mayor Bramson’s Voodoo Development Claims (Part III)